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When we have pets we never think of the serious illnesses that they are susceptible to. We know that they need to have regular trips to the vet to make sure that they do not have ring worm or fleas – but we never imagine the fact that they might have cancer or other such problems.

One problem that your cat might suffer through is alopecia – or hair loss. It might take a month or two to notice that all or parts of your cat’s body has lost large amounts of hair that does not seem to be growing back. This problem can be caused by several different things.

Infection

The most likely cause for hair loss is an infection that is ravaging through their bodies. It is possible that they contracted a fungal or bacterial infection from another cat or from other things. Usually the vet will consider ringworm when it is a kitten or an older cat that has the problem. They might also have folliculitis – which is a rare bacterial infection that damages the cat’s hair follicles.

Demeanor

Older cats often begin to over groom themselves and pulling out their hair in large clumps. This condition is known as psychogenic alopecia. The most common grooming areas that are affected is the back and lower portion of the legs. One of the main reasons that they do this is because of stress. It is possible that the stress is coming from their owners neglecting or mistreating them.

Hormonal

The cat’s body can sometimes produce too much or too little hormones causing the cat’s hair to thin out. If they have problems with their thyroid this can cause their ability to repair and re-grow the hair almost impossible. Cat hair loss can also be attributed to the adrenal glands malfunctioning and producing large amounts of the cortical hormone.

One Response to “Learn The Reasons Why Cats Can Lose Their Hair”

  1. Let our pets be checked regularly by a vet. We have the responsibility to take care of these creatures while they are on our care. Proper hygiene is the most important factor to consider in order to prevent viral infection or flea growth. Give your dog a bath once daily. Just like humans, they need to be clean and fresh all the time. Provide them with shampoo and soap. Always make sure they have clean shelter, and they do not go littering outside dirty areas. Free your pets from ticks and fleas with the Frontline Flea treatment.

    Posted by: Layne Newingham on on March 22nd, 2010 at 6:52 am.